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Originally aired as Radio Rumpus Room on September 23, 2005; playlist is as listed on their terrific website, www.radiorumpusroom.com.
This was our first (and maybe only) stab at something we called "Before They Were Famous" -- a look at how two dozen well-known musicians were paying the rent before they cracked the Big Time. Judging from the calls and emails, listeners dug it!
SAVVY SHOW STARTER (always locally recorded!): Bob Ashley and The Reflections -- Made in England (Shakin' All Over; Sundazed)
It was the Wheatfield Soul boys themselves, as the group that would become the Guess Who recorded this Shadows-like instro in the Fall of '63 at Kay Bank studio in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Featuring one Ian Willis, before he became Lemmie Killmeister of Hawkwind and Motorhead.
They dropped the "s" from their name prior to hitting it huge with "Radar Love."
This 1967 track features Marc Bolan (T-Rex) on guitar.
The Mannish Boys featured David Jones, before he changed his name to David Bowie (ostensibly to prevent confusion with the already well-known British stage actor who would go on to star in the TV show "The Monkees." And on this 1965 track -- an early Jimmy Page guitar solo.
Went on to form Little Feat.
These garage-rockin' Texans included Billy Gibbons, eventually of ZZ Top.
A pre-Velvet Underground Lou Reed was a studio hack at the notoriously low-buck Pickwick Records, writing songs and recording them lickety-split. "There were four of us literally locked in a room," said Reed.
With "Rhinestone Cowboy" Glen Campbell on lead guitar. Dig the heavy-duty hot rod effects!
Episode Six included Ian Gillan & Roger Glover, pre-Deep Purple.
Messina went on to play in the Buffalo Springfield, Poco, and most famously, the soft-rock Loggins & Messina.
Merrilee Rush, two years before her 1968 hit "Angel Of The Morning."
She used three names before she settled on one: Cher.
Mac played under his own name before the adopted the pseudonym "Dr. John."
Not the vocal alas, but all instruments played by Frank Zappa. Written by him too.
Lead guitarist during the band's latter years -- which included this track -- was a pre-Deep Purple Ritchie Blackmore.
This Booker T & MGs-like number features Sly, prior to his band Sly & The Family Stone.
From Flint, Michigan, this band became Grand Funk Railroad.
For this band from Ann Arbor, Michigan, one Jim Osterberg wrote lyrics and played drums. He eventually adopted the name Iggy Pop.
This 1966 track features Vincent Furnier on vocals and harmonica. He became better known in the early '70s as Alice Cooper.
Literally overnight in 1964 the surf-rock Crossfires became the folk-rock Turtles. That's Flo and Eddie on sax tearin' it up on this surf classic.
You can guess all you want, but it's England Dan and John Ford Coley.
Long Island's Billy Joel on keyboards.
With a 17-year-old Peter Frampton (immediately before Humble Pie and a monster solo career), this one went to #6 in England.
Included Bon Scott,eventually of AC/DC.
Included Graham Gouldman and Kevin Godley who wrote "For Your Love," "Bus Stop," and "No Milk Today" prior to forming 10CC.
Lyme was a young Warren Zevon, before he became a gun-toting Excitable Boy.
Shortly after he was released by the Army in '62, folk-rocker Paul Simon touched the Top 100 with this song.